Low-level crime still rising as the state fights to stall release of more inmates
Stolen drum highlights spike in drug crimes
Last Updated: 84 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - California is forced to reduce its prison population by 9,600 inmates and Kern County is bracing for it to happen.
In the wake of AB109 nearly 2 years ago, the DA's office has tracked a significant increase in low-level crims.
It is a spike that defense attorneys blame partially on the county's image of heavy-handed justice.
Both sides agree that justice must be served, but a solution is hard to grasp.
Tanner Byrom had a unique snare drum stolen out of the trunk of his car.
Byrom said its the third time his family has been victimized in the last year.
Kern County has witnessed a spike in theft and drug abuse cases since the implementation of AB109 in October of 2011 that sent 40,000 low-level inmates back to counties around the state.
Most low-level offenders are given multiple opportunities to get help before they ever see a jail cell.
Byrom got lucky. His drum and equipment were found at the swap meet.
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